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Take Pride in America 2012
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BLM-Colorado’s Jack Placchi Wins 2012 Take Pride in America
Federal Land Manager Award

Jack Placchi and participants at the Take Pride In America Awards, October 2012.

At the Take Pride in America Awards Ceremony:  Department of the Interior Office of Youth, Partnerships, and Service Director Michael Gale; Assistant Secretary Rhea Suh; TPIA Winner Jack Placchi, BLM Assistant Director for Renewable Resources and Planning Ed Roberson; Bibi Booth, Mary Tisdale, and Trevor Needham of the Division of Education, Interpretation, and Partnerships; Acting Deputy Director Janine Velasco; and Deputy Assistant Director for NLCS and Community Partnerships Robert Towne.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado State Office Volunteer Coordinator and Recreation Planner Jack Placchi has been selected as the BLM recipient of a 2012 Take Pride in America Federal Land Manager Award.  Placchi is one of five winners in that category recognized at an awards ceremony on October 11, 2012, at the U.S. Department of the Interior’s South Interior Building in Washington, D.C.  Assistant Secretary of the Interior Rhea Suh thanked the honorees for sharing conservationist Aldo Leopold’s belief that “environmental progress ultimately resides in the actions taken by each and every one of us.”

Take Pride in America is a national partnership program aimed at increasing volunteer service on America’s public lands. Its annual awards recognize both specific volunteer projects in a variety of categories as well as exemplary volunteer and resource program managers.

Placchi was honored for his exceptional management and active commitment to community stewardship through the promotion of volunteerism, youth participation, and partnership development. In conjunction with his duties as an outdoor recreation planner, he has worked to build support for public lands volunteer, youth, partnership, and veteran engagement initiatives across the state. His efforts in partnership development have resulted in a sustainable stream of outside funding and in-kind services for BLM projects. As the BLM-Colorado State Volunteer Coordinator since 2004, Placchi has coordinated efforts among the BLM’s field offices and government and private organizations, such as Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado.  He has also worked as a strong proponent to bridge gaps among user groups in order to engage all people in stewardship of the public lands.  In fiscal year 2011 alone, BLM-Colorado’s volunteer program generated over 225,000 hours of volunteer service, worth nearly $5 million. 

As one Colorado volunteer organization executive recently wrote, “Jack’s soft-spoken style and humility understate the enormous impact he has had on so many individuals, organizations, and agencies across the state of Colorado. Jack is one of a kind.”